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7:00 p.m.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103

Conscientious Projector: Dysfunctional Societies: Why Inequality Matters

August 18, 2017

On Thurs., September 14 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector returns from our summer hiatus with award-winning author/educator Richard Wilkinson’s cogent analysis of wealth inequality in the U.S., Dysfunctional Societies:  Why Inequality Matters at the Armory Center for the Arts.  The Media Education Foundation production examines the widening disparity between the U.S. and other Western societies in the most significant measures of personal and societal wellbeing and cohesion, despite our nation being the wealthiest in the world.

Collaborate PASadena’s Brian Biery leads a community discussion following the film.  The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.  Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

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Conscientious Projector: A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

April 28, 2017
Thursday, May 11
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It is commonly accepted in environmental activism circles that consumerism in America and other parts of the world has been one key drivers of global climate change. A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a fascinating documentary from Happen Films that focuses on the intentional community of Wurruk’an in Gippsland Australia, where a group of (mostly) millennials engaged in a challenging but enlightening year-long experiment in simple living, organic farming, energy descent and tiny houses as meaningful corrective measures in addressing modern day environmental, economic and social crises.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

NOTE: Conscientious Projector will be taking a 3-month hiatus from June through August.  Our monthly events will resume in September.

Conscientious Projector: President Trump Has Issues: A Video Sampler

April 10, 2017

April 13 | 7:00 p.m. | Armory Center for the Arts

While we wait for a definitive documentary on the Trump campaign and the troubled early months of his presidency, Conscientious Projector offers a selection of short films and videos examining some of the underlying issues that surround the president, his administration and policies. Topics will include his association with Steve Bannon and the alt-right, his support from Christian Right, the rise of son-in-law Jared Kushner within the Trump inner circle, his budget priorities, the Putin/Russia connection, climate crisis, immigration and the Muslim ban. 

Join us for a program intended to inform and enlighten the viewer while calling us to resistance and action. A community discussion follows the presentation. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

March 9 Film: Not Business As Usual

March 8, 2017

searchMarch 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Armory Center for the Arts

When most people hear the term “bottom line,” they usually–and understandably given how capitalism has been defined over time–think strictly in terms of profit and loss. Benefit (or harm) to society has rarely been seen as part of the equation. But as inequality of wealth and ecological devastation have grown at unprecedented levels in recent decades, a movement has emerged to promote what has become known as the “triple bottom line,” or “People, Planet, Profit,” including the social and environmental components of economy in addition to monetary gain.

In Not Business As Usual, documentarians Lawrence Le Lam and Rik Klingle-Watt challenge the free market axiom that a corporation’s only mission and responsibility are to maximize profit for its shareholders, even if the company’s  operational methods pose significant costs or damage to society. As an alternative, the filmmakers point to the rise of “conscious capitalism” as practiced by a new wave of socially responsible entrepreneurs committed to narrowing the gap between the super-rich and everyone else and to the inclusion of stakeholders and the overall common good as beneficiaries of their progressive business models. One example cited in the forward-leaning film is the formation of B Corps (benefit corporations), envisioning in their “Declaration of Interdependence,” a “global economy that uses business as a force for good.”

Please join us for this engaging look into a more just and hopeful future. Conscientious Projector organizers Marty Coleman and Bob Brummel facilitate a community discussion following the film, which marks the monthly series’ 13th anniversary. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

The State of Nuclear Weapons in Our World Today

January 31, 2017
unknownConscientious Projector:  The Nuclear Requiem
Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

 

As global concern mounts over a resumption of the nuclear arms race and even the potential use of these ultimate weapons of mass destruction, producer-director Robert E. Frye’s illuminating 2016 documentary provides a timely, comprehensive history and up-to-date account of nuclear weapons in our world today and their geopolitical implications. Frye, a former ABC News executive producer, gathered a diverse array of over three dozen top international security experts, diplomats, academics and disarmament activists for this presentation of The Nuclear World Project. The witnesses’ cogent observations and insights are beautifully accented by the contemplative, eponymously-titled score of composer/pianist Alain Kremski.

A community discussion follows the film, facilitated by Marty Coleman, Conscientious Projector cofounder and Outreach Director of the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race (originated at All Saints Church in the ‘80’s). The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

A Renewable Energy Future for the World Is Ours to Have

December 16, 2016

unknown-1Conscientious Projector opens 2017 with hopeful environmental, economic and social messages from the stirring documentary The Future of Energy on Thursday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. The Logosphere Media Production takes an in-depth look at alternative energy innovations and breakthroughs already being made in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, providing practical market-based solutions addressing climate crisis that even the hardest-core deniers in any industry, political party or government would be hard-pressed to stop. This comprehensive film features such movement notables as Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy and Jeremy Rifkin among other individuals, community leaders and vanguard companies working to resist fossil fuel consumption and transition to wholly renewable power by 2050.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Nurturing Our Inner Lives as We Move Forward from the Election: Inner Peace to World Peace

November 15, 2016

unknownAs progressives in our community and across America consider ways forward from the tumultuous 2016 presidential election, we look for paths toward reconciling political divisions while persevering in our determined efforts to bring peace, justice and  compassion into our world. We recognize that our role in this struggle requires us to maintain these core principles within ourselves, so we may effectively model our values in our work as activists. In that spirit, Conscientious Projector will screen the thoughtful documentary Inner Peace to World Peace on Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.

The Uplift Media Channel production calls on leading experts and scientific researchers to examine how our own inner peace is directly related to generating it in the wider world. The inspirational film explores how the practice of meditation, both personal and collective, contributes to an emerging global consciousness that sees meditation not only as a spiritual discipline, but also as practical means of healing that prepares and fortifies us in our pursuit of justice as we face the challenges placed in front of us.

The film concludes with a brief guided meditation, which will be followed by a community discussion. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.